The Story Behind This Famous Nevada Mansion Is Truly Heartbreaking

Bowers Mansion—located in Washoe City between Carson City and Reno—is a prime example of one of Nevada’s most stately homes and was constructed with wealth accumulated from the Comstock Lode. While originally Eilley Bowers’ dream house, it soon became a house of sorrows as she lost her three children (two as infants) and her husband before becoming destitute herself. Take a look at this heartbreaking story behind this famous Nevada mansion.

On 27 November 1876, Eilley sold her mansion at auction for $10,000 and moved to Virginia City, and then San Francisco, and lived as a poor fortuneteller. She returned to Nevada just prior to 1900 and was sent to the Washoe County poorhouse before being given $30 and sent back to San Francisco where she died on 27 October 1903 at Oakland’s King’s Daughters Home. Her ashes were returned to Bowers Mansion Cemetery and buried next to Sandy.

Bowers Mansion Park is located at 4005 U.S Highway 395 North in New Washoe City. Please call (775) 849-1825 for more information such as ticket prices and directions.

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